India and France have agreed to collaborate in the joint production of defense equipment, particularly helicopters and submarines for the Indian Armed Forces, as well as for production for other countries.

In a press release, the Indian government stated that this agreement was reached during a meeting between French President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of Macron's visit to New Delhi.

Both sides agreed to expand bilateral relations in the areas of defense production, nuclear energy, space research, and the use of artificial intelligence in public services such as climate change, health, and agriculture.

France ranks second after Russia as the largest supplier of weapons to India, which has relied on French fighter aircraft for four decades.

The bilateral summit between Modi and Macron took place during the French President's visit, marking their fifth meeting since last May. (QNA)
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